Unveiled – Bilderberg Association Annual Reports 2011-2013

The following annual reports for the Bilderberg Association are available through the U.K. Charities Commission.  The Bilderberg Association is one of several international non-profit affiliates of the informal group known as Bilderberg Meetings.  The U.S. affiliate is called American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc. and is a registered non-profit in the State of New York.

272706 – THE BILDERBERG ASSOCIATION

Governing document
CONSTITUTION ADOPTED 20TH DECEMBER 1976

Organisation type
STANDARD REGISTRATION

Where it operates
THROUGHOUT ENGLAND AND WALES

Registration history
24 January 1977 Registered

Charitable objects
TO PROMOTE THE STUDY OF, AND PUBLIC EDUCATION IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, ECONOMICS AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES WITH REFERENCE IN PARTICULAR TO THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES OF NORTH AMERICA AND WESTERN EUROPE AND THE EFFECTS OF INDUSTRIALISATION UPON THE SOCIAL STRUCTURES AND ENVIRONMENTS OF SUCH COUNTRIES.

The Bilderberg Association: Annual Report and Accounts March 31, 2013 15 pages Download
The Bilderberg Association: Annual Report and Accounts March 31, 2012 12 pages Download
The Bilderberg Association: Annual Report and Accounts March 31, 2011 12 pages Download

The Committee Members, who are trustees for the purposes of charity law, present the statutory report with the accounts of The Bilderberg Association (“the Association”) for the year ended 31 March 2013.

The accounts have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out on page 10 of the attached accounts and comply with the charity’s constitution, applicable laws and the principles of the Statement of Recommended Practice on “Accounting and Reporting by Charities” issued in March 2005.

GOVERNANCE, STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT

Governance

The Bilderberg Association is governed by its constitution which was adopted on 20 December 1976.

Structure and management

The Association is managed by a committee of not more than three but no less than two people. Any new member is appointed by the remaining members subject to confirmation from the International Steering Committee of Bilderberg meetings.

ACTIVITIES, SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES AND RELEVANT POLICIES

Specific objectives

The objectives of the Association are to promote the study of, and public education in international affairs, economics and the social sciences with reference in particular to political, economic and social problems affecting the democratic countries of North America and Western Europe and the effects of industrialisation upon the social structures and environments of such countries.

Activities

In furtherance of these objectives the International Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Conference organises conferences and meetings. The 2013 Conference took place in the United Kingdom in June, its costs were met from the Association’s accumulated reserves and additional donations from UK private sector participants.

A small secretariat (Bilderberg Meetings) based in the Netherlands carries out the administration for the International Steering Committee and the publication of the meetings’ reports and the Association makes annual contributions towards this. The  Association is not required to make a contribution towards the cost of the secretariat in the year in which the conference is held in the UK.

The hospitality costs of the annual meetings are the responsibility of the Steering Committee member of the host country. The Association provides funds for the conferences when they are held in the UK. Funds are also provided for the travel costs of some UK participants to attend the meetings.

The Association aims to ensure that UK decision-makers and opinion-formers are not excluded from benefitting from, and contributing to the valuable exchanges which take place at annual conferences. The Association’s Committee Members are responsible for selecting UK participants, and for ensuring, through their membership of the International Steering Committee, that the issues chosen for conference agendas include those on which informal high level exchanges are most likely to be most beneficial for UK participants and, generally, are most likely to attract the attendance of senior foreign counterparts, with whom interaction would be valuable.

Public benefit

Ensuring that key UK decision-makers and opinion-formers are able to address current issues of public policy in private exchanges with senior counterparts from across Europe, the United States and Canada confers public good by informing and enriching subsequent national debate and decision taking. Exchanges at annual conferences also do substantive immediate good by reducing misunderstandings, and helping to identify common ground, on issues of Transatlantic or intra-European concern or disagreement. Finally, the conferences facilitate the development of a network of personal relationships to be formed between individuals of responsibility and influence; relationships which can be leveraged in subsequent interactions at important moments.

When setting the objectives and planning the work of the charity for the year the Committee Members of the Association have given careful consideration to the Charity Commission’s general guidance on public benefit.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE

Financial review

The Association received donations of £200,000 (2012 – £100,000) during the year and contributed €28,750 (2012 – €28,750) (approximately £26,301) towards Bilderberg Meetings.

Reserves policy and future plans

The reserves of the Association at 31 March 2013 amounted to £488,095 (2012 – £315,702). The charity aims to continue to increase reserves in order to meet the considerable costs of the Annual Conference when held in the UK as in June 2013. The considerable costs associated with this will be recognised in the financial year ending 31 March 2014.